Canton Symphony Orchestra Presents A World Premiere!
March 23, 2013 will be an historic date for the Canton Orchestra as they present a world premiere of American Composer Claude Baker’s Canti Guerrieri ed Amorosi (Songs of War and Love) in honor of the Canton Orchestra’s 75th season.
The concert will be performed at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall (located at 2323 17th Street, Canton, Ohio) and will begin at 8:00 p.m. The commission is the result of a grant from the Meet The Composer Foundation and is sponsored in part by Timken, The Herbert W.Hoover Foundation and the McPeek family (in memory of Nancy McPeek)
Speaking about the piece, Mr. Baker said “[It] is intended as a tribute to both the Canton Symphony and its long-time Music Director Gerhardt Zimmermann”. The concert program will also include Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5 in d minor and Beethoven’s popular Leonore Overture No. 3. Prior to the performance, there will be a Performance Prelude discussion of the program’s music that will be led by Canton Symphony’s Assistant Conductor, Rachel Waddell and will begin at 7:00 p.m. The pre-concert talk is free to all ticket holders and is sponsored bythe Gibbs Family Limited Partnership.
Tickets are available online at www.cantonsymphony.org; by either calling the Symphony Box Office at 330-452-2094 or visiting it in person in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office one hour prior to the performance. Prices are $25, $35, and $45. Discounts are available for seniors & students.
Canton Symphony Orchestra Presents “Here to Stay – The Gershwins” April 6, 2013
Multimedia Performance Celebrates the Legacies of George and Ira Gershwin
The Canton Symphony Orchestra will be performing “Here to Stay – The Gershwins” on April 6 at Umstattd Performing Arts Hall. This multi media concert pays homage and celebrates the genius of two of the greatest music collaborators in history, Ira and George Geshwin.
The event is produced by Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich of Premiere Media, LLC with Gerhardt Zimmermann conducting. “Here to Stay” is a rare glimpse into the lives of these two musical powerhouses using family photos, rare film clips and state of the art visuals giving the audience a unique view of the composers lives.
Kevin Cole (today’s leading Gershwin interpreter) will be the featured pianist. Joining him will be award winning soprano Sylvia McNair and dancing sensation Daniel Gardner. The music and lyrics for the show were provided through special arrangement with members of the George Gershwin family and the Ira and Leonore Gershwin Trusts.
“We are ecstatic to have the opportunity to share this wonderful concert performance with the audience of the Canton Symphony and to keep the legacy of George and Ira alive,” says Daniel Chilewich, one of the producers of the concert. “This concert performance provides some incredible multimedia elements that have been wowing audiences across the country with top notch vocal performances by a variety of talented artists. Working with the Canton Symphony to put this evening together has been a thrill for all of us."
Tickets by calling the Symphony Box Office at 330-452-2094; ordering online at www.cantonsymphony.org; in person at the Box Office in the Cultural Center for the Arts at 1001 Market Ave. N weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; or at the Umstattd Performing Arts Hall box office one hour prior to the performance. Prices are $25/$35/$45, with a $5 discount for students and seniors.
About Premiere Media, LLC
Premiere Media, LLC / Todd Gershwin and Daniel Chilewich (Producers) is an entertainment production and management company. Premiere’s roster of properties include a number of unique touring properties revolving around the iconic music and legacies of George and Ira Gershwin, including the multimedia Gershwin concert event Here to Stay – The Gershwin Experience, and the new Gershwin musical ‘S Wonderful. Other Premiere productions include One Night with Janis Joplin, Over the Rainbow: Celebrating the Harold Arlen Songbook, the national tour of Tony Award-winning show Blast, and a new Broadway musical being developed with multi-Grammy award winning gospel recording artist BeBe Winans.
About Canton Symphony Orchestra
Founded in 1937, the Canton Symphony Orchestra is a fully professional ensemble and organization dedicated to performing concerts that enrich, educate, and entertain residents of Stark County and beyond. The orchestra performs classical, holiday, and a variety of educational programs in Umstattd Hall, 2323 17th Street NW, Canton, OH, as well as other venues in Stark County. For more information, please visit www.cantonsymphony.org or call (330) 452-2094. Administrative offices are located at 1001 Market Ave. N., Canton, Ohio, 44702-1024.